A resource intended to help inspire safer and less vulnerable human habitation through the integration of science, technology, economics and public policy. It highlights exemplary policies and practices that improve locational decisions and enable the implementation of solutions to reduce damage and loss of life from natural forces. I welcome your feedback, ideas and suggestions!
Safe Human Settlement Policy Initiative
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Imaging Tool to Map Hazards
A recent article by the Washington (State) Geological Survey
demonstrates the uses of Lidar (light detection and ranging) technology to map
geological hazards. The article explains the process and illustrates its use
with fascinating case studies involving hazards common to the Pacific
Volcanoes.The article goes on to
describe applications of the technology in locating fault lines, predicting
tsunami inundation zones, and tracking the courses of rivers over time to
predict flooding impact.The process can
also yield incredible images of sub-surface geology.
Clearly the benefits for applying the technology to hazard
identification and mitigation are immeasurable.Hopefully, it will also become a useful tool in educating and convincing
policy makers and the general public to address the hazards in a real way.Being able to target action and resources to
more specific geographical locations will be a significant benefit to
Lidar image of the glaciers on Mt. Rainier. (From the Article)
The online, interactive article is well worth your time to read.